Weekend Renaissance Festivals in New York State
Brass Ring Thing Renaissance Festival
June 5 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
NY Capital District Renaissance Festival
June 13 @ 11:00 am – June 14 @ 6:00 pm
Long Island Pirate Festival
June 20 @ 11:00 am – June 21 @ 6:00 pm
New York Faerie Festival
June 26 @ 11:00 am – June 28 @ 7:00 pm
Wheaton Arts Fantasy Faire
June 27 @ 10:00 am – June 28 @ 5:00 pm
Sterling Renaissance Festival
July 4 @ 10:00 am – July 5 @ 7:00 pm
Recurring Weekends through August 16, 2015
July 10 @ 10:00 am – July 12 @ 5:00 pm
Adirondack Renaissance Fantasy Faire
July 11 @ 11:00 am – July 12 @ 5:00 pm
Hawk Creek Wildlife & Renaissance Festival
July 18 @ 11:00 am – July 19 @ 4:00 pm
Recurring Weekends through July 26, 2015
New York Renaissance Faire
August 1 @ 10:00 am – August 2 @ 7:00 pm
Recurring Weekends through September 27, 2015
Renaissance Faire Palmyra Pirate Weekend
August 7 @ 10:00 am – August 8 @ 5:00 pm
Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days
August 7 @ 8:00 pm – August 16 @ 5:00 pm
Windfall Dutch Barn Medieval Faire
August 8 @ 11:00 am – August 9 @ 5:00 pm
Renaissance Faires New York
What is a Renaissance Fair?
Renaissance Fair, Renaissance Festival and Renaissance Faire are interchangeable terms that refer primarily to a United States’ phenomenon. These outdoor and typically weekend gatherings reconstruct communities resembling those that existed during the era known as the renaissance period. Participants join together to recreate their childhood fantasies of lords and ladies, royalty and peasants and knights in shining armor. Fair participants enjoy lively entertainment, classes and demonstrations, shopping, eating and drinking and will often camp at or near the fair grounds and stay the whole weekend.
The shopping options are fabulous. There are typically many merchants selling their wares; hand forged weapons and armor, costumes, jewelry, historical pottery, leather clothing and accessories, housewares, art, crafts, food and much more. Many renaissance faires are family friendly and offer activities for children, however be aware that there may be adult content and clothing.
The costumes portrayed include a wide range of characters including: the town-folk comprising of bakers, tailors, blacksmiths, provisioners, cooks, ciderers, carpenters, cobblers, barmaids, scribes, alchemists, and healers; the country folk including, Robin Hood and his merry men, Maid Marion, farmers and peasants; the entertainers, including minstrels, Shakespearian actors, jousters and swordsmen; the noble court and household of Queen Elizabeth 1; and finally, fairy tale characters.
For more information about visiting the state of New York visit New York’s Official Travel Guide
Renaissance Faires New York provides a link to Ren Fairs throughout the state of New York.
For more Renaissance Faires and Festivals throughout the country visit Renaissance Faires New York and Nationwide
• Do I need to wear a costume?
It is not necessary to attend a renaissance fair in costume-although doing so can enhance your experience.
• Does it cost money?
There is usually an entrance fee-although some fairs may be free. Most Renaissance fairs have food available for purchase and merchants selling their wares. Some fairs, merchants only accept cash for purchases-but admission tickets may be purchased with a credit/debit card.
• Can I bring children?
Some fairs are family friendly-and some are not.
Because renaissance festivals vary, the best way to answer these questions definitively is to contact the fair you wish to attend. Most times these questions are addressed on their website.